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NCR LGUs to discuss enforcing SRP —MMC head Zamora

Local government units (LGUs) in the National Capital Region will discuss ways to enforce the government's suggested retail price (SRP) on commodities, Metro Manila Council head and San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora said Friday.

“I will  make sure that we discuss this as soon as possible,” Zamora told Dobol B TV in an interview when asked about the possible actions of the MMC regarding reports that some stores are not following the SRP given by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

“Ngayon pa lang, pagbaba ng telepono [After I get off the phone], I will coordinate with our fellow mayors and MMDA chairman Romando Artes, and see how we can coordinate with the national government agencies and departments,” he added.

To address the non-compliance to SRP, Zamora said it is just a matter of creating a policy that the LGUs and the national government could impose.

The MMC includes the LGUs of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela, Quezon City, Marikina, Pasig, Taguig, Makati, Manila, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, and Pateros.

The DTI released a new SRP guide on February 8.

Based on the report of GMA News' 24 Oras on Thursday, the P125-per-kilo SRP of onions has yet to be followed in some markets in Metro Manila.

Local white onions are going for P100 to P200 and imported ones are sold at P150 to P250, while local red onions are being sold at P240 to P320 and those imported go from P130 to P320.

Retailers said they could not follow the SRP because they still bought their onions at higher prices. —KBK, GMA Integrated News